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A Senior Living Story: The Power of Choice & Preserving Dignity

Liz's story about dignity and choice in Senior Living

Synopsis

This is a real story about a recent visit to a senior living community and how a casual chat with a resident shows why choice and dignity are so important to wellbeing.

An Eye-opening Chat

I recently visited a senior living community in Memphis and had a conversation with a resident named Liz about why she chose this particular community. What she shared struck me profoundly, offering a new perspective.

 

Liz recounted her experience living in another community where options seemed scarce. “There was a certain time and way to do this and that…” she said, highlighting the rigid structure of options, often leaving no room for alternatives. Liz then posed a simple yet profound question, “Do you know what dignity is?” Unsure if it was a trick question, I pondered before responding, “You mean like… respect, right?”

She nodded in agreement, “Respect, yes!… And do you know what accompanies respect?”

 

“What?” I asked, intrigued.

 

“Choices. And don’t you ever forget that!” Liz continued, “I spent nearly two years at the other place, constantly asking for more options for this and that, but those options were limited. I had enough and decided to move to a place that allows me to do things my way and offers more personal choice. And that, my dear, is the true manifestation of dignity!” Liz concluded, her words soft and sweet, accompanied by a gentle smile, as if she had shared a profound truth. And in a way, she had.

 

Liz is now supremely happy and now lives with her fur baby in a community that respects her dignity, but actively encourages her to live her best life. This enlightening conversation with Liz was more than just a moment of clarity; it was a powerful call to action. It served as a poignant reminder of the importance of choice and autonomy, not just in our golden years but throughout all stages of life. It challenges us to reevaluate the freedoms we often take for granted and to advocate for a world where dignity and respect are afforded to everyone, regardless of age. Let Liz’s story inspire us to cherish and fight for the choices that define our humanity and enrich our lives.

This chat profoundly moved me. It was a humbling moment and a wonderful reminder to consider the choices we take for granted and those that may be taken from us as we age.

We will all be “here” some day, and when we’re there, we’ll want it to be this exact way.

A Word From InTouchLink

At InTouchLink, we’re committed to supporting person centered approach in senior living, providing residents with transparency and the dignity of choice.

 

While our platform offers innovative solutions tailored for the industry, we recognize that it may not be for everyone—and that’s perfectly okay. At the heart of it, our mission transcends our products. We aim to cultivate an environment where everyone involved in senior living can thrive, whether through our technical solutions or simply by sharing our hearts and minds to help grow this invaluable industry.

 

Now it’s your turn—how have you fostered resident dignity in your community? We’d love to swap stories and methods below! 👇

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